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Accident: 202675922 - Employee Amputates Finger Clearing Jammed Saw

Accident: 202675922 -- Report ID: 0950621 -- Event Date: 11/27/2013
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31724793012/03/20133089Sunoptics, Inc.
At approximately 2:45 p.m. on November 27, 2013, Employee #1, with Sunoptics, Inc., was performing take-off activities from a Flying Crosscut Saw, an equipment component of a plastic extruder production line. Employee #1 attempted to clear jammed plastic material that began to collect on the intake side of the saw. As Employee #1 attempted to correct the feed of the material through the saw, the clamp on the saw came down, pinning Employee #1's right hand under it. The saw blade activated, and Employee #1 sustained an amputation to three digits of his hand. Employee #1 was transported to the hospital, where he was evaluated and then transferred to a different hospital for microsurgery to attempt replantation repair of the fingers. Employee #1 was hospitalized until December 12, 2013, undergoing treatment for the injuries.
Keywords: hold-down clamp, amputated, finger, pinned, rotating knife, jammed, saw, plastic mfg, automatic restart, machine--misc
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 317247930 Hospitalized injury Amputation Fabricating machine operators, n.e.c.

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